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Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 106

Google does not arbitrarily filter search results. They filter search results in ways that makes them the most money. It's bad for business for them to simply remove search results because "they don't like you." Such a policy be bad for their own business, as it would hurt their search results, giving an excellent opportunity for competitors to claim a portion of their vast market share. Obviously there are complications to this, as Google does filter results in a way to promote their own business activities. But again, this is hardly arbitrary: they do so because they think it will make them more money.


Comment: Re:c++? (Score 1) 395

I'd go with C++ as the toolchain is mature and if you want to do any GUI work there's Qt, etc. Obj-C is more limited on Linux, but I"m sure the Windowmaker guys would love to have some more folks on board.

I concur, C++ is the way to go. Once you know C++ you will quickly adapt to other OO languages. (I started with Python3)

Comment: Re:Bad idea Snowdon, You can't get a fair trial. (Score 1) 656

by lsatenstein (#49181877) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Subject line says it all. Snowdon, you can't get a fair trial. You have to burn your bridges. It is unfortunate. If you want marriage and children, and the pleasures of raising a family, you cannot return. By the time you are on parole (if ever), you will be too old. And if you think you will not be kept in solitary, think again. And wait for an inmate to take a knife to you.

Latin America is a place to head to. They are understanding and recognize that you did not murder anyone. You can get a good job there, and the timezone is not more than one or two hours difference.

And lets face it. The hackers, terrorists, and all the bad guys have known about encription and monitoring from today -7200 or from the end of the first world war.

All you did was let the public know, and we are grateful. Our financial transactions and our bank accounts are not going to be hacked, because industry now knows that NSA is prying everywhere. If NSA is doing it, criminals are also doing it.

Comment: Response in Morse code required. (Score 1) 389

by lsatenstein (#49156465) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

When you have 20 to 40 percent profit margins, and your institutional investors call the shots, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc. have to respond to these investors. If not, presidents, VPs and directors lose their heads.

Net Neutrality is fair. Absolutely fair. Netflix pays for the pipe it has, and the volume of transfered gigs. There is profit in that. And at the receiving end, that end-user pays for his connection and the bytes he accepts to receive. The first can't work without the second.

Why should there be differences where for the same pipe that was purchased, it now deserves a premium. And that reflects in the price the consumer has to pay.

Time to allow free commerce in the fibre world. Let local businesses, groups, municipalities, state organizations or federal organizations open to compete. The city electric companies have the distribution network as well. Let them compete.

In Europe, speed is around 10x faster, and at a much much lower cost than what an American pays for USA service.

Comment: Re:Operating at 20W gives zero improvement. (Score 1) 114

by lsatenstein (#49151693) Attached to: AMD Unveils Carrizo APU With Excavator Core Architecture

An Intel Xeon E5-2690 V2, S 2011, 10 Core, 3.0GHz costs £1500.
An AMD 3rd Gen. Opteron 6380 CPU, Abu Dhabi 16 Core, S G34 provides better performance and costs less to run yet only retails for £700.

I'd say AMD have plenty of life left in the server market and if they can achieve similar price / performance numbers relative to Intel with these new desktop chips I'd say there is some life in them in the desktop arena too!

Are you insinuating that Intel's markups are unreasonable? That because they had no competition in the high-end cpu world, would they charge what the market would bear? High cost systems also mean higher profits for retailers too. I would not ever say the word "price gouging" when there is scarcity in the marketplace.

Comment: Re:Patent reform will never happen (Score 1) 186

by lsatenstein (#49151659) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

centered on a group of Republican judges.

Yeah! Take the latest federal judge in good ol' Marshall TX, Judge James Rodney Gilstrap - he was nominated by that great champion and bastion of the Republican party... err, Barack Obama. He was confirmed by the Senate in 2011, when the joint was run by that other massive bastion of conservative GOP morality, err, Sen. Harry Reid. :/

Here's an idea - how about you do some, I dunno, research, before you spout partisan politics.

When all countries other than the USA abolish patents, as Russia has done, the question will be "Should American Companies remain hostage to patents?". A solution would be to become a non-American company, or to abolish patents that are really algorithms for copyright.

Comment: Re:It's a self-correcting problem. (Score 1) 245

by lsatenstein (#49151645) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

If antibiotic development wanes long enough, eventually some rich people will be threatened by new infections for which there are no cures.

Once that happens, antibiotic development will instantly become a top priority for governance and major industry players.

Israel pharmaceutical industry is capitalizing on the fact that American and European firms do not want to invest in research. They are the ones getting the new patents. Bravo Israel.

Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 1) 448

by lsatenstein (#49116661) Attached to: How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

'He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. Im a little curious if it is standard practice to not disclose this type of relationship. If it is, it is wrong. I see an ethics issue at hand

  Id like to see a breakdown on which scientists are getting paid and by whom in all their works.

I live in Canada and we have been experiencing a bitterly prolonged and cold winter. The east coast has had snow up beyond your arm pits.
I can agree with Wei-Hock Soon but with different reasoning. The pollution we have put into the atmosphere is acting as a blanket. Be it smog, co2, or whatever, it is a blanket. When the sun shines, much of the rays are blocked, giving us colder winters. In summer with the sun in the northern hemisphere, it is again the blanket that is keep in the heat and making for sweltering summers.
We are moving into the extremes of very hot summers and very cold winters, thanks to polution. While we suffer here in the north, Australia has its droughts and super hot summers. Is the sun radiation really swinging in strength to any degree? I think not. Wei-Hock blames the sun, I blame the blanket of polution.

Comment: Re:But CNN Said... (Score 1) 266

by lsatenstein (#49106043) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

Actually, the idea of reusable code and merge of routines as objects is already in use. At a lower level, look at python, or in the even lower level, look at c or c++ libraries.

I can foresee the important functions being in the cloud and your application just calls them with parameters and bingo, you get a response.

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